Bio - Strongpoint CrossFit

6695 Colray Court, Unit 303, Jacksonville, FL 32258

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(904) 654-3383




Ryan Miller

Ryan grew up in Bristol, IN before being selected for an NROTC scholarship to Miami University in Oxford, OH.  He graduated in 2001 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.  He went onto serve as a Logistics Officer for 10 years before completing his MBA at Jacksonville University in 2010 and transitioning into the 1st Civilian Division in 2011.  Ryan has been an athlete since an early age participating in various sports, martial arts, and fitness programs year-round before finding CrossFit in 2008.  He has since developed a passion for helping others unlock their potential utilizing CrossFit as a tool to improve not just their fitness, but their overall quality of life.


  • 2012 CrossFit Open (371 in Southeast Region)
  • 2012 Row to Houston
  • 2012 Apocalypse Challenge (16th Place, Men’s Rx)
  • 2012 Rex Rumble Challenge (3rd Place, Men’s Rx)
  • CFTC Olympic Lifting Meet, Bronze Medalist (2013)
  • 2013 CrossFit Open (314 in Southeast Region)
  • 2013 Fall Free for All (1st Place, Men’s Rx)
  • 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars Keep it Tight Fitness Challenge (1st Place, Men’s Division)
  • 2014 CrossFit Open (298 in Southeast Region)
  • 2014 Row to Daytona (1st Place, Men’s Rx)
  • Rep Your Box 3 (2014)
  • 2014 Sunshine State Games Olympic Weightlifting Gold Medalist
  • 2014 Summer MFFL, 4th Place (Men’s Rx, 35-39 Division)
  • 2014 Fall MFFL, 10th Place (Men’s Rx, 35-39 Division)
  • Rep Your Box 4
  • Masters Fitness League (Spring 2015),
  • Masters Throwdown Series (Spring 2015)
  • 2016 David and Goliath (4th Place, Men’s Rx)
  • 2016 Sunshine State Games (4th Place, Men’s Rx)
  • 2016 Grit Games (1st Place, Men’s Masters)

“This workout is a metaphor for my entire life.” – following an 89 on CrossFit Open Workout 13.5 falling one repetition short of moving to second round.

Certifications & Training

  • Certified CrossFit Trainer (CF-L3)
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
  • NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • Romanov Academy Pose Running Technique Specialist
  • Dragon Door Hardstyle Kettlebell Certified
  • Balanced Habits Level 1 and 2 Food Coach
  • CrossFit Specialty Certifications: Kettlebell, Olympic Lifting, Endurance, Movement & Mobility, Powerlifting, Strongman, Gymnastics, Pose Method, Aerobic Capacity
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • USA Powerlifting Club Coach
  • Concept 2 Indoor Rowing Instructor
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • NASM Core Training
  • Carl Paoli Freestyle Movement Seminar
  • Outlaw Parabellum Training Camp
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist Live Workshop
  • Former Marine Corps Martial Arts and Combat Conditioning Instructor
  • Former Navy Command Fitness Leader
  • Crossover Symmetry Shoulder Foundations Course

Robert Patton

Robert was born in Rome, GA and raised in Athens. He enlisted in the US Navy in 2004 as a Rescue Swimmer in Jacksonville, FL, Bremmerton, WA, Tinker Air Force Base and afloat on the John C. Stennis and attaining the rank of Petty Officer First Class before his honorable discharge in 2011. Robert has been a personal trainer since his time in the Navy starting with boot camps in 2012. He worked as the training director for a local gym in Athens, GA and moved onto the Regional Director of Training with the same company. Robert has been a trainer with Sweat Physical Training since 2015 and Fitness Specialist at Naval Air Station Jacksonville since January of 2017. Robert is a trainer because he finds it gratifying to see people make a positive change in their life. He finds it rewarding not only when his clients improve in the gym, but when they report that they feel less pain day-to-day, are able to stop blood pressure medications, and other positive life changes outside the gym.

Certifications & Training

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

Mike Colligan

Mike was born in Atlanta. Georgia. Growing up in Northeast Florida most of his life, Mike attended and graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geomatics. From an early age, Mike was always involved in some type of sport; Little League Baseball, Tennis in High School and various Intramural sports in college. After graduating, his life became sedentary. In October of 2011, Mike was looking for something to get him back into shape and fill his competitive drive and he turned to CrossFit. He went on to earn his Level 1 certification in August 2012. He loves the challenge CrossFit brings and enjoys helping others push harder and strive for more when they do not think they can go any further.


  • 2012 Rex Rumble Challenge (19th Place, Men’s Scaled Division)
  • CrossFit Open (2013)
  • CrossFit Open (2014)

“But once you put bacon in a salad, it’s no longer a salad. It just becomes a game of ‘find the bacon in the lettuce’. It’s like you’re panning for gold. Eureka!”

Certifications & Training

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Certified
  • Strongpoint Level 3
  • CPR and First Aid certified
Jason Doll

Jason Doll

Jason was born and raised in Sarasota, FL. He was a soccer and track athlete for four years at Bradenton Christian School. He then came to Jacksonville to attend the University of North Florida, where he graduated in 2003 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Through college, he stayed active with nearly every intramural sport available (soccer, volleyball, flag football, softball, slip ‘n slide kickball, etc.). After graduation, a new job moved him to Portugal and eventually Savannah, GA. In Savannah is where he discovered the wonderful joy of Olympic weightlifting, when he stumbled upon some club’s bumper weights in the back room of his gym. After several months of self-coaching he found CrossFit and its connection to weightlifting and made the jump to join a box. In 2012, Jason had the opportunity to move back to Jacksonville. Immediately upon arrival in Jacksonville, he went straight to Strongpoint since he had taken his USAW L1 cert and already knew some of the coaches.


  • USATF Junior Olympics 2001 Pole Vault (22nd) and Decathalon (17th)
  • 2000 Pole Vault
  • World Wide Wod 2011
  • October Fest (WL) 2011
  • Rex Rumble 2012
  • Rep Your Box 2013
  • CrossFit Open 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Fall Festival 2013
  • Southeast Classic 2013
  • FWF State Championships 2013
  • Soul Open 2013
  • Iron Games 2013
  • 2014 Soul Open/Florida State Championships Gold Medal
  • 2014 American Open
  • 2015 SoFit Open Gold Medal

Certifications & Training

  • Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
  • USAW Level 1 Sport Performance

Michelle Penson

Michelle was born in Chicago, Illinois.  She received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Boston University with a minor in Education.  She and her husband have lived abroad, as well as New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area where she taught elementary and middle school, before a job brought them to Jacksonville.  Trying to stay active with a full time job and children at home was not always easy: aerobics classes, spinning, yoga, Pilates, and boot camp.  CrossFit has become her passion, walking through the Strongpoint door in August, 2013, she never looked back.  Michelle still loves to play tennis when she can fit it in to her CrossFit routine. She has run in various races including the Gate River Run 15k, the Donna half marathon, and the Ragnar relay series in Tennessee. Michelle has participated twice in the Masters Functional Fitness League, having placed 2nd in the Southeast Region for scaled workouts in her age group. She loves to push herself to reach new personal goals and enjoys cheering on others as they achieve athletic goals they never thought possible. One of her teenage daughters is a CrossFit athlete and she hopes to encourage other young people to follow an active lifestyle.


  • CrossFit Open 2014
  • Fall 2014 Masters’ Functional Fitness League
  • Winter 2014 Masters’ Functional Fitness League

Certifications & Training

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Kids Certified

Liz Gard

Liz was born and raised in Mishawka, IN. She grew up playing school and club volleyball year round. Liz studied Elementary Education while attending Purdue University.  A month of after graduating in 2004, she moved to Jacksonville for teaching opportunities. She teaches in St. John’s County and loves working with students each day. Liz found Strongpoint CrossFit in June 2013 and has since regained her health and competitive spirit.


  • 5k Gone Bad
  • Donna Half Marathon
  • Gate River Run
  • CrossFit Open 2014
  • Festivus
  • Rep Your Box 2014
  • No Baby, Leave the Sox On
  • Jax Beach Finest
  • Rep Your Box 4
  • 2017 CrossFit Open: top 100 35-39 age group in Southeast Region

Certifications & Training

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Kids Certified
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Scaling Course
  • CrossFit Spot the Flaw Course

Kevin Thompson

Kevin first tried CrossFit in a friend’s garage and was instantly hooked. He did not join his first gym until joining Strongpoint in the spring of 2015. Kevin is currently serving in the Army National Guard and will be starting his college education at the University of North Florida in the fall of 2016. His goal is to not only be the best athlete he can be, but to help others reach their potential through CrossFit.


Baddest of the South (10th place out of 50 competitors)

Certifications & Training

  • CrossFit Level 1

Chris Pence

Chris grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and later moved to Sacramento, CA. He started his athletic career at an early age playing baseball, basketball and football. Chris enlisted in the Navy in 2004, moving him to San Diego where he eventually discovered CrossFit in 2008. He brings a solid background of competitive coaching and programming experience. He created the military affiliate ‘EOD CrossFit’ where, for a three year period, he coached military personnel daily in the fundamentals of CrossFit. Chris also coached at numerous gyms in San Diego to include CrossFit Victory and CrossFit ATR. Along with his coaching background he has also competed in many CrossFit competitions. Chris is currently a pilot in the Navy, which brought him to Jacksonville in 2017.


  • CrossFit Sectionals 2009
  • CrossFit Regionals 2013 (Team Outlier)
  • CrossFit Regionals 2014 (Team Invictus Unconquerable)
  • Sweatfest V

Certifications & Training

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Nutrition
  • CrossFit Football
  • CrossFit Level 2